Also referred to as “hypnotherapy”, hypnosis is often recommended as a natural remedy for chronic sleep disorders – a problem that plagues around 40 million Americans. While there isn’t concrete clinical evidence on the efficacy of hypnosis as a treatment of insomnia and other sleep disorders, existing studies and research have revealed promising signs.
When an individual is hypnotized, they enter a trance-like state of mind in which they experience focused attention, greater relaxation, and an elevated openness to suggestion. It is widely believed that hypnosis is an effective way of gaining deeper access into the subject’s unconscious mind, while reducing the probability of the subject injecting redirection, anxiety, or conscious worries into the treatment process.
Since it has a high potential to enhance responsiveness, hypnosis is often utilized to alter reactions and behavioral patterns that contribute to chronic health issues (including sleep disorders such as insomnia).
According to the review of a clinical research published in 2007, hypnosis, when combined with sleep hygiene instructions, may help in alleviating the symptoms of insomnia. The review also revealed that hypnotherapy can also be effective in treating bedwetting, sleep terrors, sleepwalking, and nightmares.
Furthermore, a recent study conducted by a team of Swiss researchers revealed that individuals highly susceptible to hypnosis can have deeper sleep after hypnotic suggestion. An interesting point of note is that this study was the first to evaluate the effects of hypnosis through measuring brainwave activity.
If you’re struggling with a chronic sleep problem, the first thing to do is consult a physician. Before you can try any alternative medical treatment, it’s essential to ensure that your sleep problems aren’t caused by an underlying medical condition, such as sleep apnea. Delaying or avoiding standard care can have severe consequences.
Once you have ensured that your sleep troubles are not a symptom of a physiological health condition, you can proceed to consider hypnotherapy and other natural remedies of healthy sleep. Many people have reported that hypnotherapy has had a positive impact on their sleep quality and duration, especially those who have used it in combination with mind-body therapies, meditation, and other natural approaches.
If you’ve been experiencing sleep issues and reading the health benefits have inspired you to try hypnosis, reach out to Rena Greenberg. Rena is one of the leading hypnotherapists in Bradenton, You can schedule a private hypnosis session or listen to Rena’s self-hypnosis CDs and downloads.
Rena Greenberg has had the privilege over the last 25+ years to work with over 100,000 people in 75 medical centers to help them lose weight without surgery.